Lulu Li
I am a fourth year Ph.D student
in Nuclear Science and
Engineering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. My advisors
are Kord
Smith
and Benoit
Forget at
the MIT Computational Reactor
Physics Group (CRPG). My office is located at NW12309.
I graduated in 2011 from
the University of Illinois at
UrbanaChampaign with a
B.S. in Physics and a
minor in Math, where I was
advised
by Kevin
T Pitts. I performed undergraduate research
with Rizwan
Uddin from the Department
of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE).
I can be reached by email at lululi@mit.edu.
Lecture notes
Click on Lecture
Notes to see notes compiled during grad school. If you are not
familiar with the course number system, course 15 is
Sloan/business, course 16 is Aerospace Engr, course 18 is Math,
and course 22 is Nuclear Engr.
Shortcuts and descriptions of the core
nuclear courses are:

22.211
Nuclear Reactor Physics I: slowing down equation with
emphasis on resonance treatment and selfshielding
treatment, spectral calculation, diffusion theory, point
kinetics, nodal diffusion theory (CMFD, NEM, ANM, SANM),
homogenization and dehomogenization.

22.106
Neutron Interactions: primarily transport theory: starts
with xs, Rmatrix theory, involves into
differentialintegral and integral form of the transport
equation, and covers Monte Carlo, CPM, MOC, SN, PN,
transport acceleration, adjoint & variational principles.

22.312
Thermal Hydraulics: power cycle analysis, temperature
distribution in solids, single & double phase flow.

22.101
Applied Nuclear Physics: nuclear physics, modern
physics, basic quantum mechanics.

22.39
Reactor Design and Operation: various nuclear reactor
designs, material considerations, safety and PRA.
Projects
My research interests lie in reactor physics. I have been working
on developing advanced loworder method to accelerate solving the
transport equations. Here is a
poster of
this research, and you can find my MS thesis pdf under
"publications."
I worked on developing an open source method of characteristics
code for reactor physics analysis with two other graduate students
(awaiting for MIT license to go through before it can be publicly
available; if you are a CRPG member, you have access to our
private
repo OpenMOC
and OpenMOCLOO).
See "publications" for our paper published on annals of nuclear
energy.
Prior to graduate school, I worked on various fun projects,
including "Optimization of the blanket geometry for SFR" with
Prof. Forget summer of 2010
(pdf
report), "Investigation of the feedback mechanisms and
calculation of the Doppler coefficients and sodium coefficients"
with Prof. George Apostolakis summer of 09
(jpg
poster), and "Electrostatic binary orbits in Weightlessness"
through NASA's Microgravity University Program with the
publication: "Orbital dynamics of two electrically charged
conducting spheres," American Journal of Physics, 78(10),
10021006 (2010).
Publications
"LOO: a loworder nonlinear transport scheme for
acceleration of methods of characteristics." L. Li,
K. Smith, B. Forget and R. Ferrer. Journal of Nuclear
Science and Technology. July 2015.
"Techniques for stabilizing coarsemesh finite difference
(CMFD) in methods of characteristics (MOC)." L. Li,
K. Smith, and B. Forget. Joint International Conference on
Mathematics and Computation (M&C), Supercomputing in Nuclear
Applications (SNA) and the Monte Carlo (MC) Method.
Nashville, TN. April 1923, 2015.
"A low order nonlinear transport acceleration scheme for
the method of characteristics." L. Li, K. Smith,
B. Forget and R. Ferrer. PHYSOR 2014. Kyoto,
Japan. Sept. 28  Oct. 3rd, 2014.
"PINSPEC: A Monte Carlo code for pin cell spectral
calculations for educational applications." W. Boyd,
N. Gibson, S. Shaner, L. Li, J. Hunter, K. Smith, and
B. Forget. PHYSOR 2014. Kyoto, Japan. Sept. 28 
Oct. 3rd, 2014.
"The
OpenMOC method of characteristics neutral particle transport
code." W. Boyd, S. Shaner, L. Li, K. Smith, and
B. Forget. Annals of Nuclear Energy. June
2014.
Master
Thesis on LowOrder Operator (LOO) transport
acceleration. MIT. Sept 2013.
Internships

Summer 2013,
2014: Studsvik,
Idaho Falls, ID

Summer 2012: Studsvik, Waltham, MA

Summer 2011: TerraPower, Bellevue, WA.

Summer 2009, 2010: Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) at MIT, Cambridge, MA
Teaching, leadership positions

Copresident for Academy of Courageous Minority Engineers (ACME)
at MIT. [20152016]

President for MIT branch of Alpha Nu Sigma, the honor society
for nuclear engineering. [20142015]

Grader for
22.106:
Neutron Interactions and Applications, a graduate reactor physics
class with a focus on methods of transport theory. Received
the outstanding
grader of the year. [2013]

Teaching assistant for two physics courses at UIUC: I
led lab sessions
of PHYS
212 (Electrical Magnetic Field) to 66 freshmen engineering
students in Spring 2010, and discussion sessions
of PHYS
101(Classical Mechanics) Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 to in
total ~100 upperclass nonengineering students. I graded
for NPRE
402(Nuclear Power Engineering) Spring
2011. [20102011]
Awards, recognition, and whatever that
does not fit elsewhere